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Toddler sinks to the bottom of a hotel swimming pool and nearly drowns while surrounded by adults

Michigan police have released a horrifying video showing the moment a toddler nearly drowned at a hotel swimming pool while surrounded by more than a dozen adults and older children. 

The Livonia Police Department released the footage on Wednesday, but the incident occurred on Friday, January 24 just before 8pm.

In the video, the two-year-old boy, who has been identified as Kenvonte ‘KJ’ Thompson Jr is seen walking over to other children who are already in the pool. 

KJ sits on the edge of the pool before lowering himself into the water. 

Michigan police have released a horrifying video showing the moment a toddler nearly drowned at a hotel swimming pool while surrounded by more than a dozen adults and older children

Somehow the child ends up further away from the group of people and is seen barely moving on his back under water

Somehow the child ends up further away from the group of people and is seen barely moving on his back under water

The clip then shows the boy face down underwater as he continues to sink all the way to the bottom

The clip then shows the boy face down underwater as he continues to sink all the way to the bottom

Moments later, the boy struggles to stay afloat and flails around in the water with other children and adults nearby.

Somehow the child ends up further away from the group of people and is seen barely moving on his back underwater. 

The clip then shows the boy face down underwater as he continues to sink all the way to the bottom.

A nine-year-old girl then pointed out that the child was lying motionless at the bottom of the pool to her godmother.

The woman walks over to investigate and screams for others to call 911. She then dives into the pool and pulls the child from the water. 

According to a press release from Muskegon Community College, their nurses, Amy Herrington and Yolanda Burris, were at the hotel for a nearby annual Michigan Nursing Student Association Convention when their workout in the hotel’s facility was interrupted by screams.  

A nine-year-old girl (right) then pointed out that the child was lying motionless at the bottom of the pool to her godmother

A nine-year-old girl (right) then pointed out that the child was lying motionless at the bottom of the pool to her godmother

The woman (right) walks over to investigate and screams for others to call 911. She then dives into the pool and pulls the child from the water

The woman (right) walks over to investigate and screams for others to call 911. She then dives into the pool and pulls the child from the water

According to Livonia police, two off-duty nurses were at the hotel and took immediate action. The nurses performed CPR on the child, successfully reviving him after many cycles. The godmother is seen pulling the child from the water

According to Livonia police, two off-duty nurses were at the hotel and took immediate action. The nurses performed CPR on the child, successfully reviving him after many cycles. The godmother is seen pulling the child from the water 

The nurses performed CPR on the child, successfully reviving him after many cycles. 

They recalled the moments up to the incident in the press release.  

‘A kid came running down the hallway yelling, “There’s a baby in the bottom of the pool!”‘ Herrington said. 

‘We both stopped immediately,’ added Burris. ‘Amy ran out first and I followed her.’  

‘A lady had pulled the baby out of the pool and started CPR,’ Burris recalled. ‘She was trying to do her best, but I taught CPR and it did not look effective to me.’ 

KJ (pictured) was then transported to a local hospital where he was treated and released

KJ (pictured) was then transported to a local hospital where he was treated and released

Herrington said she then ‘pushed the lady out of the way’. 

The nurses said KJ eventually started breathing and making faint whimpering sounds. 

He was then transported to a local hospital where he was treated and released. 

Capt Ron Taig of Livonia police told the DailyMail.com that the department decided to share the graphic video on social media, because they wanted to bring awareness to drownings. 

Taig warned parents and guardians of young children to ‘be aware’. 

‘Watch your children. Because of the confusion and chaos, the child gets too far away. You gotta keep people close,’ he added. 

In the Facebook post from the department, officers also listed facts about drownings. 

‘According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, three children die every day as a result of drowning,’ the department wrote in the caption of the video. 

‘In fact, drowning kills more children ages one to four than anything else except birth defects. 

‘Thankfully, parents can play a key role in protecting the children they love from drowning. The Livonia Police Department would like to remind you to always monitor children in the water,’ police said. 

Read more at DailyMail.co.uk


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